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Mark Napier

Former Adjunct, Class of


Courses Taught: GL Art

Mark Napier, painter-turned-digital-artist, is one of the early pioneers of Internet art. Through such works as "The Shredder," "Digital Landfill," and "Feed," he explores the potential of a new medium in both a worldwide public space, and an engaging interactive experience. Drawing on his experience as a software developer, Napier explores the software interface as an expressive form, and invites the visitor to participate in the work. His online studio, http://www.potatoland.org is an open playground of interactive artwork. Napier has created a wide range of projects which appropriate the data of the web, transforming content into abstraction, text into graphics, and information into art. His works have been included in leading exhibitions of Digital Art including: the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial Exhibition, the Whitney's Data Dynamics exhibition, the San Francisco Museum of Art's 010101: Art in the Age of Technology, and ZKM's (Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany) net_condition exhibition. A recipient of grants from Creative Capital (2002), NYFA (2001), and the Greenwall Foundation (2001), Napier has been commissioned to create artwork by SFMOMA, the Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim.